United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, woman convicted of Child Abuse and Neglect was sentenced on December 18, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Alisa Knight, age 29, was sentenced to time served (50 days), 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Knight was indicted for the above charge by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013. She pled guilty on October 28, 2013.
The conviction stems from incidents that occurred on multiple occasions between December 2011 and December 2012 when Knight resided in Dupree with her three minor children. Among the children was the victim who witnessed the defendant on more than one occasion ingest controlled substances, primarily methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Such acts were committed in the presence of the young victim and while the victim was under the care, custody, and control of Knight. As a result, the victim gained knowledge of what methamphetamine is, how to ingest it, and where Knight obtained it.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.